Join us at the Bishop’s Barn on Saturday 30th September from 12-4pm as we open the doors to welcome in all the community.
The afternoon will include a range of delicious refreshments, workshops and interactive elements, a chance to find out more about the history of the barn, an opportunity to meet some of the WRGT Trustees and feed into the future development of the site and two free family performances by celebrated south-west theatre company Squashbox Theatre.
As part of the day there will also be art work on display from a schools Art Competition. The competition invites entrants to design a 130th commemorative card for The Bishop’s Barn and Recreation Grounds on A4 paper encouraging young people to consider what they might like to happen in the barn for the next 130 years.
The afternoon will also include two fantastic family theatre performances from Squashbox Theatre at 12:45pm and 2:45pm. These performances will be free for all the family.
Squashbox are celebrated for creating quirky and inventive shows incorporating puppetry, storytelling, natural history, live music and comedy. Created and performed by Craig Johnston – who has also been a member of Cornwall’s international theatre-sensation Kneehigh Theatre Company for the last 15 years – the shows promise a friendly and informal performance style, deft improvisational skills and a gently subversive sense of humour – which is sure to delight adults as well as children.
Poet Bryony Jane Brook will also be leading a community poetry workshop inviting local people to pen a poem inspired by the history of the site and marking their vision for its future.
Both performances and the community poetry workshop have been kindly sponsored by Wells Festival of Literature. Sue Rye from the Wells Festival of Literature Education Team commented: “Wells Festival of Literature are delighted to support this Open Day at The Bishop’s Barn and hope that it will inspire many further creative projects in this wonderful community space.”
The day starts at 12pm and goes on until 4pm and will be a wonderful opportunity for local people to see the barn in action and get involved in supporting its future development.
And if you can’t make the 30th September you can also visit The Bishop’s Barn as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days in Wells on Friday 8th September 12-2pm